A Conflict of Values: Bridging the Gap Between Collectors and Professionals

Author(s): Barbara A. Clark

Year: 2019


This is an abstract from the "Reflections, Practice, and Ethics in Historical Archaeology" session, at the 2019 annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology.

The unified ethic has traditionally been used in other fields of study  as a foundation for ethical decision making. The unified ethic makes use of various ethical theories in a process that results in clarity and coherence of the conflict. This paper proposes that the unified ethic can be used to reach a consensus among collectors and professional archaeologists. What appears as a conflict between two distinct moral systems is actually a conflict between differing values within the same system. Professional archaeologists and collectors both have an interest in the past and in seeing it "saved", but there is a disconnect between the two groups on what that means. Use of the unified ethic may help foster an understanding between the two and open lines of productive communication.


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A Conflict of Values: Bridging the Gap Between Collectors and Professionals. Barbara A. Clark. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, St. Charles, MO. 2019 ( tDAR id: 449051)


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